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The 6000m2 site has a 10m slope. In order to make active use of the inclined plane, a horizontal mass was inserted in the core. The horizontal mass consisting of a gallery café and a pool at the upper part serves as a stylobate for the cutting area.

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An atypical mass of six buildings was put on the stylobate linked to the gentle slope. The atypical mass with a motif of mysterious stone statues, Moai in Chilean Easter Island is remembered as a milestone of Mother Nature. The outer surface was painted in yellow with a stark contrast to the natural color while the inner atypical space was painted in homogeneous white to maximize the diffusion of light.

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The light that comes through the scuttle and the side slit window induces the volume of the space in various ways. The ground floor consisted of an open deck, a stand-alone swimming pool and a kitchen. The extended upper floor linked bathroom and bedroom so as to allow a visitor to look at the surrounding landscape.

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The space of Moai is a place to confess, which feels calm. It has a spacious ground in which people can assimilate with nature and walk along the light and sound of the universe and surrounding landscape.

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The Moai, located in Gapyeong, an hour and a half away from Seoul, provides workers running urban life with an opportunity to take a rest in the bosom of nature.

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The Moai is perceived as a milestone by people headed for the Arboretum and remains as a memorable objet. The mass of the Moai located changing its course little by little along the gentle slope is emphasized as a consistent form. It sends a more obvious message by repeating a mono-typical shape rather than a dispersed image of various planes or forms.

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Architect: Seung Min Koo Project team: studio KOOSSINO Location : 438-2, Henghyun-ri, Sangmyeon, Gapyeong, Gyungki, Korea Site area : 3258.00 sqm Building area : 594.49 sqm Gross floor area : 559.05 sqm Structure : Reinforced Concrete

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Architect seungmin koo graduated from Mokwon university in korea. After he had professional career at ARAM Square, open his Studio Koossino in 2000.

He is teaching architectural design and drawing in Bajae and Induk university at the moment. He is fascinating both architecture and drawing that interactive stimulation for each other, not just drawing itself but translation of architectural peculation. koossino published 6books include cubic croquis1,2(2008) and more recently photo essay MOAI (asymmetric holiday house).

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Koossino also has several solo exhibitions in Korea and Japan. he is combining architecture, exhibition and publishing with cubic croquis subject which indulge in a sustainable architectural value, build his own identity.

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Steel Grove is a modern translation of a traditional Korean house in terms of how exterior spaces are composed. The mainstream housing for Koreans are “the apartments”. More than 90 percent of Korean population lives in apartments or houses that resemble apartments.These functional living machines don’t have exterior spaces. Tradition Korean houses have various exterior spaces; front yard, backyard, taenmaru (narrow wooden porch running along the outside of a room), daecheongmaru (main porch).

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Each exterior spaces have different function to different rooms. Furthermore, some exterior spaces even have relations with the streets outside the fence. has various exterior spaces that resembles the characteristics of a traditional Korean house. Each exterior space relates with each other and has different function to individual rooms. When you open the main door, you enter an open roofed space, and that space is connected by an atrium to the dining room.

That atrium also relates to the front garden which is connected by the living room. The front garden is also related to the 2nd floor’s deck. While most of exterior spaces in are located in-side the house and function with-in the house, the south façade and the south garden, however, tries to relate, or to communicate, with the streets of the neighbourhood.

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In order to create privacy, one needs to close a façade. In order to create a relationship, one needs to open a façade. These two characters innately contradict each other. We came up with the idea of “Steel Grove” to solve the two contradicting qualities. After many studies, the “Steel Grove” was designed in the form of a stain-less steel pipe, which not only creates a sense of privacy, but also relates to the nature and the neighbourhood. The “Steel Grove” is made of 4 different types of stain-less steel pipe. It was produced after many sample productions in order to find the most stable balance.

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The “Steel Grove” not only solves the functional aspect of the house but also tries to create a new type of relation with the streets of the neighbourhood. When the sun is up, the “Steel Grove” stands out and acts as the façade. The direct sun light is delicately scattered by the “Steel Grove” when entering the room. When the sun is down, the lights from the rooms permeates through the “Steel Grove” generating a different façade from the daytime. The façade changes create a different environment for the street trough times of the day. By doing so we tried to give a relation-ship between the house and the neighbourhood.

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When we started to dig, we found a foundation for a wall from “Joseon Dynasty”. A “wall” symbolizes protection and implementation of the most advanced technology to maximize that function of protection. We tried to integrate the meaning of a “wall” in the designing process in terms of applying protection of the house from the everyday hazard and using the most advanced construction method we could find.

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Throughout our careers as an architect, we met one of the best concrete construction team and the most sophisticated metalsmith team in South Korea. We were privileged to know these teams to realize the details of the “Steel Grove”.

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Architects ar-Architects Location Gimhae-si, South Korea Architect in Charge Lee Joo Hyoung, Kang Shin Il Area 274.0 m2 Project Year 2017 Photographs Sergio Pirrone Manufacturers Hansgrohe, Moooi, Eagon Team Kim Dongwon

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The densely populated residential area on the inner side of Dosan-daero is a site in which civil complaints clash and height limits are rarely respected. The mass was folded according to the slopes of the stairs, to avoid a steeply set mass. By decreasing the mass as it ascends along the straight stairs, skylights were placed at each level.

The building’s purpose is as a recording studio, which has instigated serious complaints by local residents restricted opening up the outer wall, with its closed figure naturally leading to a selection of bricks.Though red bricks were chosen in accordance with the surrounding multiplex housing, by using surface cutting of used bricks, an old faded look was achieved.

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The recording studio on the second and third floors was sedigned to have no columns by using the windowless outer wall as a structure, and the volume containing the office on the fourth and fifth floors was built with a light transparent box to relieve the weight of the trans structure. The upper volume is supported by V-shape steel column in the ground floor car park, transferring the weight to the underground reinforced concrete column.

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By inserting a commercial building in the block of multiplex housings, a nuanve of change was initiated by partially combining the light gestures of steel structure on the familiar brick building.

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Architects : Dia Architecture Location : 64-21 Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea Architect in Charge : Chung Hyuna Design Team : Lim Seoyeon Area : 589.0 sqm Project Year : 2014 Photographs : Kyungsub Shin Structural Engineer : THE STRUCTURE Mechanical Engineer : BOW TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION Electrical Engineer : SUNGJI E&C Construction : COAZ CONSTRUCTION

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